Beach Season in Japan

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th July celebration with your family and friends.  Most of July is solidly in the rainy season in Japan.  The good news is that the rainy season is over in Okinawa and Southern Kyushu, and Hokkaido doesn’t have rainy season.  Good thing to keep in mind if you’re planning to visit Japan in July.  On average, the rainy season ends around July 20th in the Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto areas. 
 
Beach season starts from July 15th to August 31st in Japan, but it varies widely from prefecture to prefecture and even by town.  “Japanese Emerald Beach, the most tropical beaches” are located in Okinawa, the sub-tropical islands with palm trees and coral reefs on the north coast of the main Okinawa island.  Since I’m from Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, so I’d also like to mention about a couple of wonderful beaches in Hokkaido prefecture.  Ranshima beach is located about 2 hours from Sapporo city by car, and has nice sandy beach and clear water.  Shakotan beach is located in Shiribeshi sub-prefecture, Hokkaido.  This is rocky beach, good place to do snorkeling, and I used to catch sea urchins at this beach.  

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